The wreckage of a helicopter with a pilot and dog that disappeared two days ago has been found.
The wreckage of the Robinson R-66 helicopter was found by New South Wales Water Police at Hawks Nest on the state’s mid-north coast around midday on Saturday.
Helicopter pilot Ed Kraft and his dog remain missing after taking off from Cessnock en route to Wallis Island near Forster on Thursday morning.
Police are still searching for Ed Kraft (pictured) after authorities found the wreckage of the helicopter he was flying in on Thursday in Hawks Nest
Mr Kraft is originally from Jindabyne, near the Snowy Mountains in the south of the state, and is an experienced pilot.
Police have launched a massive land and sea rescue operation around Port Stephens with support from Marine Area Command.
A camera from the plane’s cockpit was also located by police and handed over to Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators.
Authorities launched an extensive land and sea search for Mr. Kraft, involving units from Marine Area Command
Police hope the onboard camera will help investigators understand what happened before the helicopter crashed.
The pilot had radioed to an air traffic control tower to confirm he was taking the coastal route and it is suspected he may have encountered bad weather.